Florida Man Guilty of Multiple Facebook Threats on Obama's Life
Back in November, we told you about how Christopher Castillo of Melbourne, Florida, was so mad at President Obama for wanting to implement a health-care law that he took to Facebook and threatened to hunt down the president and watch him die.
"That's the last straw," Castillo wrote on his Facebook. "If he gets re-elected I'm going to hunt him down and kill him watch the life disappear from his eyes."
A buddy of Castillo's commented on the status and told him that making threats about the president of the United States was illegal.
"I wouldn't call it a threat but more of a promise," Castillo responded. "Let them come after me... Be more than happy to take a few of them with me."
As it turned out, they came after him. And now, a federal jury has found Castillo guilty of making death threats against the president.
That'll learn ya.
When authorities paid Castillo a visit in November, an agent asked him what he would do to Obama if he were standing right next to him.
"Bitch-slap him and beat the shit out of him," he answered. He also told the agents that he would yell at the president and tell him he's a terrorist.
When the agent told Castillo that he was basically committing a federal crime by saying things to the very people whose jobs are to protect the president, Castillo answered that "it did not matter."
The jury, however, disagreed that it did not matter and found him guilty.
Friends, family, and his attorney all say that Castillo, 28, was going through a very rough time in his life when he wrote what he did on Facebook. He even attempted suicide, they say.
But prosecutors argued that Castillo had every opportunity to back down from his comments and instead was even more defiant.
His sentencing is scheduled for April 26.
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